Mark Heaney is a renowned UK drummer from London.
A naturally gifted and self taught player Mark started playing drums at a very young age, and by 10 years old he was performing on a regular basis as the feature drummer in his father’s show band.
Throughout his career, he has worked as a prolific session drummer recording and touring worldwide with artists and producers from all genres of music such as Mark Howard, John Squire, Gail Ann Dorsey, The Freelance Hellraiser, Jacknife Lee, Klaxons, Badly Drawn Boy, Shit Disco, Howie Day, Threshold, Youth, Garret Lee, David Botrill, Andy Gill, and many others.
He was also a band member of indie legend, John Squire’s Seahorses in the 1990’s and most recently a member of post punk icons Gang of Four for 8 years, which included tours of China, Japan, North/South America, Europe, Australia and performances on XFM, BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 6, Old Grey Whistle test, Jools Holland, The Late Show with David Letterman, KEXP, and countless other live and pre recorded radio and TV performances.
Mark is also an accomplished composer, creating music for film and TV usage worldwide for clients such as De Wolfe Music, Wrong Planet, Microsoft and many others.
He has been described by Rhythm magazine as “one of the most mind- blowing drummers in the UK” and by Modern Drummer in the US as "A muscular and madly skilled player.....Mindblowing".
Mark releases music and now tours as a solo drumming artist and musical creator.
He fuses his live incredible drumming with elements from jazz and electronic music creating a unique sonic and vibe.
His live shows see him playing his tracks live with the drums to the fore but also being able to manipulate the audio through the use of Ableton live and an MPD32 thus allowing him to create in the moment.
"A muscular yet madly skilled player. Mindblowing". (Modern Drummer)
"Mark Heaney is a machine" (Time Out)
"One of the most Jaw Dropping players in the UK" (Rhythm Magazine)
"Might just be one of the most important drummers in the country" (Rhythm magazine)
"Heaney is a serious player, throwing down Vinnie inspired "what the heck was that"? moments " (Mike Dawson Modern Drummer)
"A reflection of our times, both musically and technologically" (Percussive Arts Society)
"The Bonham-esque type capabilities of Mark Heaney" (NME )
"A drummer of surgical precision" (Andy Gill-Gang of Four)
"Super Chops and More" (Marlbank)
"Groove by the bucketful" (London jazz News)